Chabil Mar Recognized With Prestigious 2017 Certificate of Excellence

Posted on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Chabil Mar, a five-star luxury resort located in Placencia, Belize, has been awarded the prestigious Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor for the year 2017.

Since 2010, TripAdvisor has been awarding Certificates of Excellence to hospitality businesses that consistently deliver service above and beyond those of their peers. The Certificates of Excellence are determined on an annual basis by carefully assessing the honest and uncensored reviews of travelers who have frequented the establishment during the previous year.

The standards for determining Certificate of Excellence awards are:

  • A minimum of 12 months of user reviews for the establishment;
  • A pre-set minimum number of reviews; and
  • A minimum user review rating of at least four (out of five).

Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor are entitled to post a window sticker announcing the designation and will receive an online badge on TripAdvisor’s website. Commercial relationships have no bearing on the determination of TripAdvisor, and the awarding of Certificates of Excellence is entirely based on user-generated reviews and feedback.

“We are both honored and delighted to have been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor for 2017,” said Larry France, marketing manager of Chabil Mar. “We consistently strive to deliver outstanding customer service to all of our guests, and we are very proud to read the reviews of satisfied guests who have shared their unbiased reviews on TripAdvisor.”

Chabil Mar is a luxury resort located on the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize. The name of the resort in the local Maya dialect translates to “beautiful sea”, an apt description of the lovely Caribbean coastline where Chabil Mar is located. Chabil Mar is a perennial TripAdvisor favorite and has consistently garnered positive guest reviews thanks to its world-class customer service, beautiful architecture, and luxury vacation experiences. Chabil Mar has a number of slogans, including “Barefoot Luxury”, “Champagne Flutes and Bathing Suits,” and “Beauty by Belize, Luxury by Design.”

TripAdvisor is the world’s most popular travel website with over 315 million members. Founded in the year 2000, TripAdvisor was one of the first travel sites to feature user reviews and feedback in order to give travelers a better way to discover resorts, activities, and beautiful destinations. Today, TripAdvisor’s website has more than 500 million reviews of restaurants, resorts, and other travel-related businesses. TripAdvisor has an annual revenue of 1.5 billion dollars and employees more than 3,000 people around the world.

2017 Promises to Be a Profitable Lobster Season in Belize

Posted on Monday, June 19th, 2017

The Belize Fisheries Department (BFD) regulates the consumption and harvesting of lobster. According to the BFD, the 2017 lobster season will run from June 15, 2017 to February 14, 2018 and initial estimates are that this year’s harvest will be a profitable one.

According to Ramon Carcamo, a BFD official, lobster catches over the past five years have remained stable. According to Carcamo, the BFD is estimating that between 500,000 and 600,000 pounds of lobster tails will be harvested during this year’s lobster season, ensuring an ample supply of the tasty crustaceans both for local festivals as well as for export. Carcamo said that the BFD is estimating a net profit of $15 million for the 2017-2018 season.

The Caribbean Spiny Lobster (panulin argus), is a native animal fished in the waters of Belize. The spiny lobster thrives in the reefs and mangrove swamp environments of Belize, and are some of the top seafood species fished in the country. Also known as the West Indian langouste, the spiny lobster is a close cousin of the American lobster fished from colder waters found in the north of the United States and Canada.

“The BFD’s report about this year’s lobster season was warmly welcomed,” said Larry France, marketing manager of the Chabil Mar. “Lobster is one of the preferred foods of visitors and locals alike, and popular events like Lobsterfest in Placencia will be beneficial to the region In addition, it means we should have a plentiful supply for tourists through summer and well into the winter season. We await you in Belize!”

Lobsterfest is an annual three-day celebration of all things lobster. Held in Placencia, one of the top lobster fishing communities of Belize, Lobsterfest mixes innovative lobster recipes with lots of games, live music, and a fun beach party. Dozens of regional chefs compete during Lobsterfest to come up with the most savory and delicious dish featuring the world’s famous crustacean.

This year’s Lobsterfest will run from June 23-25, 2017, and is expected to draw record numbers of visitors. Originally a local affair featuring a single chef, Lobsterfest has grown to become one of Belize’s most popular and enduring traditions. Beyond the culinary treats on display, Lobsterfest will feature a drinking contest sponsored by Belikin Beer, a Mr. and Mrs. Physique contest, kayak races, fly fishing contests, and spicy hot wing eating contests amongst many other activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Chabil Mar is an award-winning resort located on the Placencia Peninsula just a short walk from all the Lobsterfest activities.

10 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Placencia Lobsterfest

Posted on Monday, June 19th, 2017

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For more information about the Placencia Lobsterfest, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge{@}chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at:reservations{@}chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

Diving Placencia Belize – What You Need to Know Before You Go

Posted on Friday, June 16th, 2017

The Placencia Peninsula is a 16-mile long strip of golden beaches jutting outside from the southeastern Caribbean coast of Belize. Still a laid-back eco-friendly place that more than lives up to its “barefoot perfect” motto, Placencia is the gateway to all of the best dive spots on the southern half of the great Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with clear waters and white sandy seafloors that teems with hundreds of colorful marine flora and fauna species.

Laughing Bird Caye


Many people come to Placencia Village to stroll along the beach, zoom around in golf carts, and generally take in the sights, but Placencia is also the perfect place to access the world-class dive sites that have made Belize so famous.

One of the premier dive sites just a short distance offshore from Placencia is the Laughing Bird Caye National Park. Just 11 miles from Placencia Village, Laughing Bird Caye is a national park and the southernmost island in the central lagoon portion of the Belize Barrier Reef.

Laughing Bird Caye (in Belize, islands are known as “cayes”, pronounced “keys”) is located on a narrow stretch of the reef technically called a faro. The sides of the faro are quite steep and the waters offshore are separated by deep channels that connect it to the rest of the barrier reef. This unique physical structure makes it the perfect place for fish to spawn and hide from predators. The enormous numbers of fish and other marine animals in the area draw in other creatures, making it a top dive spot.

The island gets its name from the Laughing Gull bird that once used the caye for a breeding ground. Laughing Bird Caye has been a protected marine park since 1981.

The Silk Cayes


The Silk Cayes are a three islands that lie inside the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, a protected natural area since 2000. The Silk Cayes are located approximately 22 miles off the coast of Placencia.

Gladden Spit is an elevated piece of land located on the southernmost tip of a long atoll, itself a popular dive site. The three Silk Cayes, North Silk, Middle Silk, and South Silk, are located on the southern approach to Gladden Spit.

This is a premier dive area in southern Belize because the elevation and water quality make it one of the healthiest and most ecologically diverse parts of the Belize Barrier Reef.

Chabil Mar is an award-winning luxury resort located just a five-minute walk from Placencia Village and is a great place to stay to enjoy all the best dive spots in southern Belize.

For more information about diving in Belize or Placencia, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

The Best Belize Vacation Packages to Book This Year

Posted on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Summer really is the perfect time to visit Belize. Long days, cool breezes at night, and deep discounts on all of the top tours, nature parks, and destinations, a summer vacation in Belize is the perfect way to relax, unwind, and have an unforgettable adventure in the great outdoors.

Chabil Mar is a multiple-award winning resort located on the golden sands of the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize. Featuring luxurious villas, a lush tropical garden, and one of the best seafood restaurants in the country, Chabil Mar is perfectly positioned close to both the islands of the Belize Barrier Reef and all the top destinations on the mainland.

Chabil Mar offers guests several different all-inclusive vacation packages to make the most of their time in Belize. The four-night package includes:

  • Round-trip airfare to Placencia from Belize City
  • Three full meals a day
  • 1 day snorkeling tour of the islands
  • Complimentary use of golf carts, paddle boards, kayaks, and bicycles to explore the area.
  • Award-winning concierge services.
  • Your choice of of two tours, including: a boat tour up the Monkey River, a guided hike through the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Reserve, and an excursion to ancient Maya ruins like Lim Ni Punit and Lubaantun.

The four-night package also includes lodging at the fabulous Chabil Mar resort.

For guests staying longer in Belize, Chabil Mar also offers a seven-night all-inclusive vacation package that includes everything above plus:

  • A full day of fishing on the islands of the Belize Barrier Reef.
  • A special dinner under the stars on the resort’s private pier.
  • Three of the resort’s signature tours to the top spots on the mainland.

As with the four-night package, the seven-night package includes lodgings in one of Chabil Mar’s luxury villas.

Other activities that you can enjoy when staying in Chabil Mar include:

  • Swimming with whale sharks – These gentle giants are the largest fish in the world’s oceans.
  • Learning about Belize’s unique Garifuna culture, an Afro-Caribbean people honored by the United Nations for their music, drumming, and dance.
  • Lobsterfest – A beach party and three-day festival celebrating the opening of the lobster season in Belize.

“We came to Belize and stayed at the Chabil Mar resort last year for our summer vacation after one of our friends went there and raved about it. The entire family had a blast! Whether it was lounging on the beach or getting our Indiana Jones on at an ancient Maya temple, our vacation to Belize was truly amazing.”

-Tom Schroeder and Family, Norwich, Connecticut

For more information about vacationing in Belize or Placencia, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

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